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Talking Ohio Budget and Doula Care with Children's Defense Fund-Ohio

On the new episode of Prognosis Ohio, part of the WCBE Podcast Experience, Dan Skinner talks with Dr. Tracy Nájera and Kelly Vyzral from the Children’s Defense Fund of Ohio (CDF), an organization that champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect, and ensures kids’ access to appropriate and targeted health care, quality education, and a moral and spiritual foundation.

Tracy Nájera is the Executive Director and Kelly Vyzral is a Senior Health Policy Associate of CDF Ohio. Dan, Kelly, and Tracy discuss the Ohio Biennial Budget, current legislation regarding doula services in Ohio, and the potential impacts on women’s and children’s health in the state. 

This is a particularly timely episode, as the budget is currently being negotiated and House Bill 142, the first bill regarding doula services, education, and certification in Ohio is currently under committee.

Support the Children’s Defense Fund here.

Learn more about Birthing Beautiful Communities, the Cleveland doula services center referenced in the episode, here.

Read more about the state budget process from The Center for Community Solutions

See the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services Data Dashboard

Read updates from the Health Policy Institute of Ohio (mentioned on the show) about child health in Ohio.

Episode hosted and produced by Dan Skinner with editorial and production assistance from Claire McGee

Prognosis Ohio is part of the WCBE Podcast Experience and a member of the Health Podcast Network.

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Dr. Dan Skinner is Associate Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Social Medicine at Ohio University, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, on the Dublin, Ohio campus. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from the City University of New York. Skinner teaches and researches about, as well as advocates for increased access to health care, especially for underserved populations, as well as various aspects of social determinants that affect the health of communities, in Ohio and beyond.
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